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Hichilema full of hot false stories – Lungu

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Former president Edgar Lungu says his predecessor cannot be taken serious as he is full of rhetoric.

Lungu says President Hakainde Hichilema is full of empty promises and false hot stories which Zambians must not take serious.

He says as president then the evidence is there on how and what did unlike the current empty promises being made just to play to the gallery.

“By virtue of my upbringing and as former president, I am not a person of empty rhetorics, open lies and hot false stories, l always try to be politically honest and factually respectful in my engagements,” former president Lungu said.

Fellow Citizens,

As you all may remember, in 2016 after the dissolution of Parliament, all cabinet and deputy ministers remained in office as the new law was ambiguous. We were heavily criticized and after a legal battle, the Courts of Law made a ruling that the stay was illegal and all allowances and salaries accrued during the stay were to be paid back.

This December, 2016 judgment is testimony to the effect that, during my time, the judiciary was fully independent and operated freely even by making decisions against my own government. We never interfered with them but simply respected them as a separate wing of government in a functional democracy.

As sitting president then, l order my former cabinet and deputy ministers to respect the courts and pay back all allowances and salaries accrued as directed by our judges. To prove my position respect for the principle of Separation of Powers, rule of law and defend our constitutional democracy, below is what l said on 8th December, 2016 on this same facebook page and other official documents after the Constitutional Court made the aforementioned judgment :👇🏽

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“Following the Constitutional Court’s decision, I expect Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers who remained in Office after Parliament was dissolved in 2016 to pay back salaries and allowances.

Decisions of the courts of law must be respected regardless of positions taken by different parties hence my position that the affected individuals must pay.

We must all respect the law because no one is above the law. Therefore, the ruling of the Constitutional Court must be complied with.

My administration will always uphold the Separation of Powers in respect of the Executive, the Judiciary and the Legislature”.

#BuildingZambiaTogether #SeparationOfPowers

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I will patiently wait to hear if the Chief Government Spokesperson or President Hakainde Hichilema are still disputing my commitment to respecting our Republican Constitution as well as the principle of Separation of Powers. By virtue of my upbringing and as former president, I am not a person of empty rhetorics, open lies and hot false stories, l always try to be politically honest and factually respectful in my engagements.

Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu
Sixth President of Zambia
PF President
UKA Alliance Member

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